Human God

Where does the ‘human God’ go from here?

I just came across a great OpEd piece in Kolkata’s Anadabazar Patrika in which the writer has cited a nice story. The story goes like this: when the moon voyagers led by Neil Armstrong were rehearsing their space journey in a desert of western America in 1969, they met a man who belonged to the indigenous community of that country.

The indigenous man asked them, ‘Why are you going to the Moon of all places? Moon is the abode of the God!’ The astronauts, now knowing tried to convince him about the new discovery that the human race was about break, but he wasn’t very convinced. He requested them to take a message from him to God. If they met God on the Moon, they should pass on his message to Him. They agreed and he gave them his message.

The message was very interesting; it said, ‘Dear God, please don’t believe what these people are saying about discoveries; they are actually going there to occupy land.’

I can clearly see where this man was coming from. He belonged to, whom we call the Red Indian or Native American tribes and had known and experienced how all their lands were occupied by the foreign settlers and how the settlers had hunted down both humans and other species in order to be successful in their occupation.

When I try to browse through the history of us, the humans, since the possible beginning, it is indeed mired with our history of occupation and destruction, it is our history of killing other species and razing the nature to the ground in order to ‘develop’ our living conditions. To us, it has always been our survival; and in order to do that, we destroyed anything that came on our path.

In the name of discoveries, our seafaring ‘heroes’ were not actually satisfying our thirst for going beyond our every-day world, but they were seeking for newer opportunities which truly can be translated into ‘greed’. The narratives that we have been glorifying since the invention of telling tales only reflects our greed for expansion. As the world’s fantastic resources that were unfolding before us, we thought that those resources were unending; we thought other species mustn’t share those resources; we thought all those were ours as we started calling ourselves ‘homo sapiens’ – the wise man.

In the beginning, in ancient time, as the ignorant men, we noticed that the Nature was way mightier than us and we started bowing the Nature as our God and thought that all those resources were God’s blessing for us and we – and only we – had the right to exploit them. After thousands of years of ceaseless exploitation of those resources, as wise men, we thought we should no longer remain a slaves of that Nature, we must conquer it and bring it to its knees.

With that ‘wise’ thinking, we had begun to invent mechanical and technological tools in order make the Nature submissive to us, to kill other species that didn’t surrender to our desires, wiping out civilizations that couldn’t serve our interests and that when the genocidal instincts crept into our psyche. It was at that moment, when we had turned into genocidal species, perhaps, we lost the last string that connected us to the other species and other fellow wise men. We started thinking that most humans were not wise, only a few were wise; and so, we invented methods through which the ‘most’ would serve the ‘few’.

We engaged those ‘most’ in felling trees, in filling up the rivers and waterbodies, in slicing up the hills and mountains, in grabbing lands, in erecting sky-high buildings to replace the mountains and in firing bullets against each other.

After all these thirsts for newer discoveries, after all these adventures, after all these thirsts for blood, we the ‘Human God’ saw there was nothing else to achieve as the mightiest force on earth and we became depressed. That depression, perhaps, led us to invent an international day for protecting the earth’s environment. As the God we perform all the rituals to observe the day in an utter helplessness and knowing fully well that it is possible to reverse the condition, but we aren’t capable to achieve the reversal.

Now our Godliness is failing in all corners of the earth which we had conquered with our valiant boldness; we did not spare an inch in our mad run for exploitation. Now our oceans are filled up with garbage that we create, our lands are infested with the poison that we invent, our rivers are run dry or are busy consuming the God’s excreta which too is corrupted by the food adulterated by thousands of chemicals, millions of people across are still starving, the last outposts of forests are about to disappear.

We the Human God don’t know where to go from here and we’re depressed – not because we want to go back to the Nature God, but because there’s nothing more to occupy.


First appeared in Dhaka Tribune of Bangladesh.

One Reply to “Where does the ‘human God’ go from here?”

  1. Well composed..
    Fluency is excellent..
    Keep writing more..
    I see a great position for you as a story writer, critique and inventions in writing.
    Your writing style has, in my understanding, a literary rhythm, pretty much uncommon in Bangladesh. Proud of you friend.

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